In the first 12 days of the Trump presidency, there have been hundreds of protests across the U.S. for women’s rights and against the Muslim bam. Now, the LGBT community is coming for him.
After reports that the president was preparing to sign executive orders curtailing LGBT equality, protests have been announced for this week in both L.A. and New York this week, with a major national Pride demonstration set for the nation’s capital in June.
On Thursday at 6pm, protestors will gather at Matthew Shepard Human Rights Triangle on Santa Monica Boulevard “to oppose potential executive orders that may include a dangerous ’religious freedom’ order” as well as anti-LGBT cabinet and Supreme Court appointments, according to a Facebook invitation for the LGBT+ Against Trump rally.
A separate rally is planned for New York on Saturday at 2pm, outside the Stonewall Inn.
“Join us in front of the Stonewall Inn as we stand in solidarity with every immigrant, asylum seeker, refugee and every person impacted by Donald Trump’s illegal, immoral, unconstitutional and un-American executive orders,” reads the Facebook invitation, created by gay councilman Corey Johnson.
The New York event is being co-sponsored by Governor Cuomo, Congressman Jerry Nadler and various local politicians and city council members, as well as groups like Lambda Legal, Equality New York, GLAAD, Gays Against Guns, Coming Out Muslim and the Trans Latina Network.
News of the two protests comes on the heels of the announcement of an LGBT march on Washington on June 11, during D.C. Pride. David Bruinooge has called for the National Pride March, “to build off the momentum the strong women in the US and around the world started on January 21st.”
And a massive sister march has just been announced for Los Angeles Pride, also on June 11.
“I was seeing all the excitement around what was going on in Washington D.C. regarding their Gay Pride efforts,” L.A. organizer Brian Pendleton told Queerty. “And coming off of what the Women’s March did around the country, it seemed like a natural fit.”
“We hope hundreds of thousands of people show up, with this idea of resisting,” Pendleton, who serves on the L.A. Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners, added. “We want to resist apathy. We want to resist having our rights rolled back by an unenlightened administration. And we want to be all-inclusive. We want to make sure that it’s everyone in the rainbow spectrum out there being represented.”
“Floats and marching bands are nice when we are not at war,” he writes on the West Coast event’s Facebook page. “Now is the time we shake things up and take to the streets.”
Within 24 hours, more than 23,000 people have marked they’re interested , and more than 7,800 have committed to going. That number will surely rise as we draw closer to June.
Pendleton is in talks with leaders of L.A. Pride and the City of West Hollywood to get approval to change the parade to a protest.